This Week in Theater
By Doris Baizley/Susan Raffanti
Review by Rose Desena
If I was looking for my own definition of a sexual predator, it would be very straight-forward: any man or woman, who seeks out a venerable person, tricks, or forces them into having sex.
SEXSTING is an interesting look at the vulnerabilities and weaknesses of not only the predator but also an undercover agent, FBI agent Richard Row, (Gregory Itzin) who is determined to clean up the Internet and get these men behind bars. His current case involves a lonely man, John Doe, ( JD Cullum), who he befriends through a chat room.
Richard is highly trained at mind games and experienced at catching the low-life pedophiles; however, this time our supposed prey is different. He takes Richard on an emotional ride that exploits both of their personalities. The FBI agent begins to question his own actions, as he continues to push himself as well as the victim further into the dark side. Although I am using the word victim, you will need to make that determination yourself. This very well written script leaves the audience questioning the actions of the agent as well as their own feelings on this controversial subject.
The world premiere, presented by the Katselas Theater Company, is well directed with excellent acting, and simple but effective staging. As I have mentioned a few times before, I like a play that leaves me with questions or thoughts. On my way to the West Side, my guest and I had a lengthy conversation about the legalities of entrapment, and the thin line walked by enforcement agencies. I really like when that happens.
I would put this on my Must See list. It’s scheduled to close, April 14th.
Playwright: Doris Baizley (Collaboration with Susan Raffanti)
Director: Jim Homes
Cast: Gregory Itzin, JDCullum, Bonnie Brewster, Danielle Gavaldon, Christian Lyon, Wolfie Trausch
The Skylight Theater Complex
1816 ½ North Vermont
Tickets-www.katselastheatre, com 702-582-8587